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atlnewsfan03

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  1. We can see that Gray is putting forth the effort to make WANF a competitive local station. We didn't see Tribune (during the WGNX era) and Meredith (during the WGCL era) doing much investing in the station. Tribune had originally wanted the station to be an affiliate of the now defunct WB network, but settled with CBS in an 11th hour deal as CBS wanted a station viewers were more familiar with and had a functioning news operation. They weren't very motivated in adding additional newscasts outside of Noon, 6PM, & 11PM. Meredith, while they may have added morning, 5PM, & 4PM newscasts on main station, and prime-time newscast on WPCH (Peachtree TV), they're remembered for the failed Clear News experiment, to the the back-and-forth between CBS Atlanta and CBS 46 brandings, and being a revolving door station when it came to retaining on-air talents. Gray, which is Atlanta-based, sees potential with adding 9AM, 3PM, and 7PM newscasts to the main station, and adding 7-9AM newscast and expanding prime-time news on WPCH, and not relying too heavily on CBS. WANF has potential to beat WXIA (known as 11Alive), which has seen better days, and some may even jokingly refer to as "11Dead". WAGA (Fox 5) and WSB (Channel 2 Action News) are the top 2 stations.
  2. The CBS News Detroit set doesn't look too bad. Graphics is okay. As is the new This Is CBS News Theme. With WWJ-TV returning to in-house local news production, I kind of pick up a WIAT 42 Daily News type vibe with the new CBS News Detroit newscast, from the starting out with 2 daily newscasts (at 6PM and 11PM), to having a small reporting staff. Hopefully CBS has plans to grow its presence in Detroit, considering local news/programming production is typically cheaper to produce and more profitable than acquiring nationally syndicated shows these days. I don't know what to make of CBS going in the direction of "CBS News (market name)" for local newscasts, when viewers would be used to the "CBS (channel number)", or station call letters, or the "Eyewitness Action News" brandings on local newscasts.
  3. It's a wonder that WFSB viewers haven't did like what WPVI viewers did back in 1996 when WPVI tried to retire MCTYW, and demanding that WFSB keep "Advantage", similar to how WPVI viewers demand they keep MCTYW. The only few stations to keep same music package for decades with updated cuts or remasterings to prevent from sounding too dated... -- WPVI having "Move Closer To Your World" music since 1972, and 4 or 5 day break in 1996 when WPVI experimented with London Philharmonic version of MCTYW that didn't go over well with viewers that forced them to switch back to the iconic Al Ham version of MCTYW. WKBW used MCTYW twice (1972-2003 & 2008-2014), and WNEP has used Cliff Schwartz version since 1994. There's also no telling what WPVI would've looked and sounded like (in a what if scenario I've thought of) had they switched to other news music packages like Gari's "Hello News" and "The Great News Package" during most of the 80s and early 90s, and "Advantage" and "Newschannel" (also Gari themes) during most of the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s, or 615 themes like "In-Sink" and/or "Propulsion" for most of the late 2000s and 2010s. -- WJZ used "Chroma Cues" since 1987. -- WRAL has used "In-Sink" since 1994.
  4. I would have to agree that The View was at its very best in its first decade on the air when we had Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopolous, and Lisa Ling. Back when the show was more enjoyable. Nowadays, with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and when the show also had Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Candace Cameron Bure, and Meghan McCain, it became unwatchable. The Talk had stability for a couple of seasons with Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sara Gilbert, when the show held its own. I would agree with the lack of stability with co-host turnover and us seeing Marie Osmond, Carrie Ann Inaba, and a couple others coming and going. I wouldn't be surprised if CBS were to replace The Talk with their version of NBC News Daily and GMA3: All You Need To Know. I miss seeing As The World Turns and other cancelled soaps, and too bad that P&G didn't sell ownership of ATWT to CBS.
  5. With WGCL (soon-to-be WFNA) dropping "CBS" branding and eye logo... It wouldn't surprise me if CBS affiliation was to change channels in Atlanta at some point. "Atlanta News First" does kind of give off a similar vibe to WJZY which has "Queen City News" as its branding.
  6. I agree with the main anchor desk being a little too small, especially considering that Atlanta is a top 10 U.S. TV market. As well as agree with that ad on the weather set desk being kind of tacky. Hopefully Gray Television and WGCL (soon-to-be WANF) may consider investing in a bigger main anchor desk. The interview/sofa area off to the side looks like it ought to be good too.
  7. CBS would be smart to move up the launch date of WWJ & WKBD's CBS News Detroit local newscast instead of holding off till November. I was thinking CBS would be smart to move up the launch to around mid to late September or early October. Unless CBS may be lacking confidence in their Detroit news being successful. Only time will tell.
  8. I came across this interesting story that mentions the upcoming launch of the new CBS News Detroit local newscast on WWJ & WKBD. The new newscast is expected to debut in or around November. Unless CBS decides to do soft launch at the tail end of October in the days before Election Day. This should be interesting. https://digiday.com/future-of-tv/how-cbs-news-co-presidents-neeraj-khemlani-and-wendy-mcmahon-are-stepping-up-their-streaming-news-outlet/amp/
  9. That is true. It would seem like WABC must not be motivated in making that change. WNBC retired their talent intros in their main news opens 15 years ago. The majority of other local TV stations across the country ended that practice back in the mid 90s. Other than WABC... WPVI has introduced their talents in their main news openings, although I see them scaling back on it in certain newscasts. WPVI could opt for simple "Live with the Delaware Valley's Leading News Program. Channel 6 Action News starts now." News opening retain visuals of Delaware Valley surroundings and MCTYW music. WLS did talent introductions in their main openings, which has also since been changed a few years ago to simple news opening and talent montage piece when the newscast goes to or returns from its first commercial.
  10. The new WOWT set looks very nice. I like the anchor desk table. Hopefully The Other Site may have additional pics of the new set in action. Gray is investing in a lot of its stations I'm already beginning to notice, including stations getting set makeovers, to stations adding additional newscasts to their programming schedules.
  11. It'd be interesting to see whether CBS would put The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful over on Paramount+ at some point if their days on CBS is numbered. We discussed in the NBC News Daily thread Peacock the idea of that streaming service acquiring P&G soaps. I especially miss seeing Another World, As The World Turns, and Guiding Light. Even though GL may have been on life support in its last few years on the air, ATWT and AW were getting better when they ended. I think if P&G had allowed CBS or NBC buy ownership of them, those shows would've been on a few years longer or still be on. Another idea I've thought of would've been for them to be shorten to half-hour in length.
  12. It's a lucky thing that Days Of Our Lives is getting a new lease on life via Peacock streaming service. I'd welcome seeing Peacock perhaps exploring acquiring rights to do reruns of classic Procter & Gamble soaps, including any and all surviving episodes of Another World, Search For Tomorrow, The Edge Of Night, Guiding Light, and As The World Turns... Or maybe bringing certain shows back for new half-hour episodes. I certainly miss seeing the soaps and don't really care for the major TV networks going for cheaper fanfare.
  13. I'm on the fence when it comes to CBS experimenting with that Now newscast concept on its Independent, CW, and My-Network-TV stations. I came across an interesting video on YouTube of what could be described as a mock CBS O&O intro. I doubt we'd be seeing this show up on CBS O&O stations. I'll admit that it looks great and could easily pass for CBS O&O graphics and opening package. We'll have to wait and see what CBS rolls out to its stations in the Fall.
  14. With NBC moving its network news operations over closer to Capitol Hill, after departing WRC's Nebraska Avenue building. It'll be interesting to see whether WRC newscasts may move into old Meet The Press studio and Telemundo newscasts gets WRC current studio space. I guess we may wait and see.
  15. WGCL/WPCH's current broadcast home, 425 14th St, opened in March 2001 back during the very short-lived "Clear News" era. Before settling at their current location, previous location was 1810 Briarcliff Rd, from the WHAE, WANX, and WGNX eras. I couldn't see Gray moving WGCL/WPCH out of their current location. Changes to newscast graphics, set, and theme music could be likely to occur late 2021 or early 2022, depending on how long it takes for FCC and DOJ to approve and Gray to close on purchase.
  16. With COVID-19 dominating the news cycle. WNYW Fox 5 NY appears to have made a change to its 10PM opening. Instead of the standard "It's 10PM do you know where your children are?", NYC viewers will be seeing... "It's 10PM, stay home, stay safe, stay strong, we're all in this together." Video:
  17. I'm very pleased CBS was able to find a temporary home for WCBS till the CBS Broadcast Center can safely reopen. Yes Network set looks very nice I must say.
  18. I doubt NBC would return 2 hours of daytime programming back to its affiliates. My thinking would be... Why not bring back the soaps? I miss seeing the soaps, especially Another World. At least NBC still has Days of our Lives, which got renewed for its 56th season.
  19. With WCBS producing new nightly 10PM newscast for WUPA (CW 69 in Atlanta), I saw where that newscast was placed on temporary hiatus. With CBSN Boston temporarily taking the reigns of CBSN New York and CBSN National... The show must go on.
  20. I could see WNT returning to the 1996-2012 Edd Kalehoff theme with a few updates amd remastering working. We'll see what ABC has planned when newly updated studio debuts.
  21. I agree that the 4th hour would work well with live studio audience. I'd imagine NBC may be testing the waters on having Hoda and Jenna in studio 6A on Thursdays and Fridays to see whether they'd want to do studio audience shows 5 days a week. I'd also imagine NBC continuing to tinker with 4th hour. I could see 4th hour getting renamed to "Later Today", and maybe adding 2 or 3 additional female co-hosts to the panel if they decide to go studio 6A permanently. 4th hour doing Today's Talk discussion (equivalent of Hot Topics) at the start of the show. Keeping segments, like Ambush Makeovers with Louis Laqueri, and usual celebrity guests, DIY segments, etc.
  22. I'm kind of thinking that too. Even FTVLive reported that this stunt CBS has opted for is a "money grab". WCBS 2 NYC producing WUPA 69 Atlanta newscast, KTVT 11 DFW producing WKBD 50 Detroit newscast, and WFOR 4 Miami producing WTOG 44 Tampa Bay newscast. (1) Better scenario would've been having a competing station produce newscasts. Atlanta, having WSB 2 do WUPA newscast. Tampa Bay having WTSP 10 or WFTS 28 do WTOG newscast. Detroit, having WDIV 4 do WKBD newscast, if WWJ 62 relaunching news department isn't on CBS' agenda. (2) Another thing worth pointing out, CBS may not be exactly alone. Scripps is looking to start a WSFL 39 Miami newscast this year. And I'm kind of thinking that too is another money grab. It'll be interesting to see whether WSFL newscast will be produced by WPTV 5 WPB or WFTS 28 Tampa Bay.
  23. I saw where AJC Radio and TV Talk picked up the story about CBS looking for to do local CW affiliate 10PM newscasts. https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/the-starting-hybrid-local-cbs-national-news-program-february/9ZyHFtJP9nOeDtCBfsL6YO/ I'd agree with others about Detroit that it wouldn't hurt CBS to restart WWJ news department from scratch. Stations doing local news is cheaper to produce and more profitable, even if the ratings aren't the absolute best. I also noticed Seattle being missing. I have yet to see on-air promos on WUPA promoting new nightly 10PM newscast.
  24. Besides Cox grounding WFOX-WJAX chopper, Scripps is also moving in the direction of grounding WCPO chopper. It's possible that miz-sized to smaller markets may not be able to fly news choppers long-term, and that trend could eventually find its way to larger markets. Plus flying drones looks to be more economically viable. Or stations doing like a decade ago of sharing news chopper to focus other resources on other things, if they wish to fly news choppers a little while longer. I'm also thinking along the lines that Durden's departure wasn't voluntary. I liked hearing his traffic reports on WSB radio (AM-750/95.5-FM and B-98.5) during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and his time on WSB 2. Hopefully Durden may find work elsewhere... Perhaps another Atlanta TV station would be smart to hire him.
  25. Besides WITI's recent refresh and WDJT, I think WISN got its new set not too long ago. I'd certainly agree with WTMJ needing a major upgrade... Assuming Scripps has plans to invest in Milwaukee.
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